Sports Authority EDI Compliance

Sports Authority was founded in 1928 originally as Gart Sports in Jackson, Wyoming. The company is one of the biggest sporting goods chains in the U.S. with close to 450 stores and approximately 14,000 employees.

Sports Authority’s product lines consist of sports apparel, sports equipment, footwear, exercise equipment and more.

EDI documents are communicated through a transmission method called a VAN (Value Added Network). The following EDI document types and labels are mandatory by Sports Authority and have been fully tested by CovalentWorks for exact compliance with Sports Authority’s EDI specifications. 

The ASN (Advance Shipping Notice) contains detailed information about the products that are being sent to Sports Authority and as well as transportation information. For example, the gross weight rounded to a whole number, SCAC code, carrier name, if chosen CN use container number, shipped date and current schedule delivery date will be included in addition to data that comes from the purchase order.

Sports Authority uses the SOPI format for ASN’s. SOPI stands for Shipment, Order, Pack (carton) and Item. SOPI is also known as “Pick and Pack” because if necessary more than one type of item can be packed into the same carton.

Sports Authority uses a cross docking system that speeds up the store delivery process. Cross docking is a logistics system in which products from a supplier are distributed to a store through a distribution center. Trucks from the suppliers dock on one side of the supply center and trucks going out to the stores dock on the other side of the supplier center. Product is not usually stored at the supply center. Cross docking minimizes handling and storage time.

Sports Authority uses these label types when purchase orders are filled;

  • For Multiple SKU packed. From Vendor to Regional Distribution Center (Bulk Order)
  • For Multiple SKU packed. From Vendor to Direct Store Delivery (DSD Order)
  • For Multiple SKU packed. From Vendor to Ship-to-Mark-For (SDQ Order)
  • For Single SKU packed. From Vendor to Regional Distribution Center (Bulk Order)
  • For Single SKU packed. From Vendor to Direct Store Delivery (DSD Order)
  • For Single SKU packed. From Vendor to Ship-to-Mark-For (SDQ Order)

Here is a sample shipping label:

Sports Authority Barcode Shipping Label Examples

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